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All Star Fabric Swap 

Written By: Tom Wyatt 


• Craft knifed) 

• Eyelet punch (1) 

kit such as the Crop- A- Pile Eyelet and 
Snap Punch kit, which you can find 
online for about $25. 

• Scissors (1) 

• Sewing machine (1) 


• Converse shoes (1) 

Used pair of Converse All Star shoes. 

• Fabric (1) 

Cotton fabric of your choice I used 
quilting fabric, which isn't particularly 
thick or hard- wearing. It's probably best 
to back it with canvas, like the originals 
are made of. 

• Shoe Goo shoe glue (1) 


When it comes to shoe projects, Converse All Stars is a brand we love to mod. Originally 
created in 1917 as basketball shoes, "Chucks" (nicknamed after basketball player Chuck 
Taylor) quickly caught on to become one of the most popular shoe brands of all time. It's 
their playful shape, easy-to-cut canvas, accessibility, and relative low cost that make these 
sneakers the most fun to hack. So try the following fabric swap or knitted Chuck project and 
consider yourself a Converse crafter. 

I bought my first pair of All Stars about a year ago and wore them almost constantly, until 
they finally fell apart. In the end it was only my girlfriend's nagging (and eventually her 

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putting them in the bin) that tore them away from me. 

All of my Converse sneakers eventually fall apart in the same way - the fabric in the back 
rips away from the sole, but the rubber itself is fine. Shortly after realizing this, I rescued a 
pair from the rubbish and started pulling them apart, trying to work out how I could create a 
pattern for them with new fabric. Here's what I came up with. 

Take a craft knife and cut the old 
fabric off the sole, removing the 
insole as well. Do this carefully so 
that you don't hurt any part of the 

Try and remove the fabric in one 
piece, as we need it for the next 
step. Also, carefully cut out the 
"Converse All Star" circle label and 
save it for later. 

You may want to start with only 
one shoe, saving the other as a 
reference for the placement of the 
border stitch, Converse label, and 
shoelace holes. 

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• You should have 1 large piece of fabric you've just removed from the shoe, plus the 

• Cut the large piece in half down the back of the shoe. Place the 2 halves of fabric on a 
large sheet of paper and trace around them. When tracing the bottom, trace 1" away from 
the fabric so that you'll have extra fabric to tuck under the insole later. 

• Trace the tongue, adding 1" extra at the toe end. 

• Cut out the paper pattern you just made. Fold the new fabric in half so that it's doubled up, 
and pin the paper templates to it as shown. 

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• With your pattern pinned to the 
fabric, cut around the pattern, 
making sure to cut approximately 
1/4" outside the lines. 

• Face the right sides of the fabric 
together (wrong sides facing out) 
and sew together the side where 
the back of the shoe will be. Then 
turn them right-side out and iron 
them flat. 

• Using the other shoe for reference, 
sew the standard decorative 
Converse border stitches around 
the panel and down the back. Then 
glue the "Converse All Star" label 
back onto the shoe. Once it's firmly 
in place, hand-sew along the edge 
of the label to further secure it. 

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• With an eyelet punch, set seven or 
eight 4mm eyelets along one edge 
of the panel, for the laces. Repeat 
on the other side. 

• Read the instructions for Shoe Goo or any other type of glue you use before applying to 
this project. 

• Smear Shoe Goo around the inside edges of the sole and inside the toe cap. 

• Stick the tongue in and shove a wad of paper in there to apply pressure to it. 

• Stick the edges of the fabric to the top of the sole and inside the toe, then pack the inside 
of the shoe with paper to apply pressure while the glue is drying. Insert the insole and 
apply more glue around the edges to fix the fabric to the insole. Allow at least 24 hours of 
drying time before wearing the shoes. 

• My shoes have held up nicely, and when they do wear out, I'll just make myself another 

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This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 07 . pages 49-51 

This document was last generated on 201 2-1 0-31 1 2:37:23 PM. 

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